The President's Last Bang (2005)
"Geuddae geusaramdeul" (original title)

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A look at the life of President Park Chung-hee and the events leading up to his assassination.



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Credited cast:
Jae-ho Song ...
President Park Chun-hee
KCIA Chief Agent Ju
KCIA Director Kim
Won-joong Jung ...
President's Chief Bodyguard Cha
Sang-geon Jo
KCIA Agent Jang
Byung-gil Kwun ...
President's Chief Secreatry Yang
Jae-goo Lee ...
KCIA Agent Kwon
Seong-wook Kim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sang-gun Cho ...
KCIA Safehouse Caretaker Shim
Dong-hoon Choi ...
Army surgeon
Won Yung Chung
Eun-ji Jo ...
Banquet Guest
Sang-kyun Jo
Jong-jun Jung


On October 26, 1979, President Park Chung Hee, who had ruled South Korea since a 1961 coup, was assassinated by Kim Jae Kyu, his director of intelligence. The film depicts the events of that night, with a coda about the fate of each conspirator. While Park dines in the Blue House with two associates and two young women, Kim carries out his plot. He talks briefly of bringing democracy; mostly he seems irritated. The other assassins seem without motive beyond following orders. The killings are bloody, the aftermath equally disorderly and haphazard. Can major events of history be so mundane, so nearly comic? Written by <>

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3 February 2005 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Az elnök utolsó durranása  »

Box Office

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$1,862 (USA) (14 October 2005)


$5,932 (USA) (25 November 2005)

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Did You Know?


President's Park Chun-hee's son took the film-makers to court to block the release as he claimed it tarnished the image of his father. See more »


KCIA Director Kim at one point refers to the death of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, which occurred three years after the events depicted in the film. See more »


Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.3 (2011) See more »

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Goodbye Mr. President
13 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Korean cinema has made leaps and bounds in recent years. Though The President's Last Bang is slightly inferior to more recommendable Korean films, it is still a superb example in storytelling.

The autocratic President Park lives the life of a typical dictator; opulent surroundings, promiscuous women and complete authority. As such, the state of the country is becoming more and more disgusting to the chief of secret police, Director Kim. On October 26, 1979, Kim concludes enough is enough and conspires with his loyal deputies. What follows are the fateful actions of those involved.

The President's Last Bang created quite a controversy in its native South Korea when it was released due to divided public opinion on the former president. Filmwise, the movie is well done, idiosyncratic and morbidly humorous. When was the last time regicide made you laugh, caused compassion and intrigued? It doesn't matter, go and see The President's Last Bang.

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